August 15, 2009 |
Hopeless Mets The Mets began an 11-game homestand last night against the Giants before the Dodgers and Phillies go to Queens next week, and were greeted by the following words of encouragement from yesterday's New York Post. "The playoff talk is finished," wrote Mike Puma. "The only question is will the Mets reach the finish line in seven weeks having died with dignity or as the biggest collection of flops in franchise history?" The Mets have been so devastated by injuries that third baseman David Wright is the only core player to stay healthy.
November 19, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Angels could have crumbled when pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April, overcome by waves of grief and sadness. Mike Scioscia, of Springfield, Delaware County, kept them moving forward. "There wasn't one defining moment," he said. "I think as the season started to evolve guys found that sense of purpose to play baseball again and they played it at a very, very high level. " For his deft touch during a trying season, Scioscia won the AL Manager of the Year award yesterday for the second time.
July 14, 2009 |
So much for the plan to have Manny Acta's patient optimism lead the Washington Nationals out of the doldrums. The abysmal won-loss record became too much to stomach, costing him his job at the All-Star break and adding another layer of instability to the worst team in baseball. Acta was fired after the team reached the unofficial halfway mark of the season with a 26-61 record, on pace to clear the 100-loss mark for the second consecutive year. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo - himself an interim placeholder - announced Acta's dismissal yesterday morning.
July 22, 2005 |
Tim Worrell's time in Philadelphia had run its course. So, last night the Phillies sent Worrell, the 38-year-old righthanded relief pitcher, and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder/outfielder Matt Kata, who was hitting .312 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 45 games at triple-A Tucson. "This was more of an issue of trying to find a landing spot for Worrell where he might be productive," Phillies general manager Ed Wade said. "We just felt we had gotten to a point in our organization where it just wasn't going to work here.
October 28, 1991 |
For Neshaminy quarterback David Welsh, what a difference a week made. Last week, Welsh threw four interceptions and completed only 9 of 20 passes in the Redskins' 20-8 loss to William Tennent. On Saturday, Welsh passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns as Neshaminy (4-3, 2-3) defeated visiting Abington, 21-13, in a Suburban One National game. Welsh completed 10 of 17 passes, nine of which went to either Ross Gay or Bryan McGinty, who gave Abington's defensive backs headaches throughout the game.
July 26, 2010 |
Angels get Haren for Saunders, three others Is Dan Haren a big enough name to break the logjam of pending trades? In the first major deal of deadline week, the Los Angeles Angels bagged righthander Haren from the Diamondbacks on Sunday for three pitchers and a player to be named. Arizona gets lefthander Joe Saunders, righthander Rafael Rodriguez, and minor-leaguer Patrick Corbin. A three-time all-star, Haren has averaged 15 wins over the last five seasons and is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts this year.